Two of the leading live streaming and video production software companies have released new updates! Wirecast 8 adds a host of new features including built-in video calling to simplify the workflow for live streaming talk shows. Another live streaming company vMix has a added “vMix Call” in a previous version of vMix and now announced a host of new features including additional outputs, production clocks and more PTZ control support. Wirecast 8 has been a long awaited release, especially for Mac users with no access to vMix, with new features for Facebook Live Comments, a Multi-Viewer, cool dropshadow/reflection effects and more audio channels.
vMix 20 vs Wirecast 8
vMix 20 has just been released, and we have seen many of the improvements that we hoped for in the newest version. One of the best features in the new version is the ability to record both a “Clean” and a “Dirty” version of the same recording. Anybody who works with filming knows that it can be a burden to have to constantly work with a high resolution version of a recording, especially when doing heavy editing. vMix 20 makes this as simple as pressing a button. Another feature of the new version that many are especially fond of is the ability to channel your recording to multiple outputs at a time as seen below, making your recording experience exponentially simpler.
Also, here is a full list of the capabilities of the new version of vMix 20 from their website:
Two additional independent outputs for vMix Call, Replay and NDI (Pro and 4K editions only)
Second recorder with an independent recording format that can be assigned to one of the 4 outputs. (Pro and 4K editions only)
New Dual Production Clock can now be enabled from Settings -> Options
Each of the clocks can display either the current time, recording duration, streaming duration or a countdown to an event
Clock display can also be added as an input which can be assigned to the MultiView Output
Clock input can also be enabled as an NDI source on the network, providing a mobile clock that can be displayed anywhere using the free NDI tools!
Audio and Video sources sent to guests can now be changed independently at any time from the right click menu
All vMix editions including Basic HD can now connect to a remote vMix Call running HD or higher
New Low Latency option added. This can be used on reliable, high bandwidth point to point connections where the lowest possible delay is required
New Channel Matrix option available for every input that supports audio
Provides a 8×16 channel audio router to every input that can be assigned to any of the audio output buses in any combination
Live audio meters added to each channel in the Input Channel Mixer
Improved streaming settings layout
Each of the 3 destinations now supports independent bitrate and resolution settings
Hardware Encoder can also be controlled independently on each stream to assist with systems where GeForce cards only support 2 encoders at a time
Added new Visca Over IP support to connect to newer Sony SRG series cameras in addition to the new IP model from Lumens
Added support for controlling NewBlue Titler Live 3.0 via NDI
Supports commands such as AnimateIn, AnimateOut which can be accessed from the Input right click menu or assigned to controllers using the new shortcut function NDICommand
Supports live editing of Titler Live templates from within the vMix Title Editor and Web Controller, with the ability to assign data sources as well
Added support for X-keys XK-68 Jog/Shuttle controller
Improved CPU usage when streaming, particularly with 4K
Improved performance with 4K Magewell capture cards
New TCP API for embedded devices. See Developer Information in the help for more information.
However, vMix is not the only live streaming softrware platform that’s recently updated their software and added improvements recently. Wirecast 8 is one of the best screen recording software that is available. The company that developed Wirecast, Telestream, just released Wirecast 8 recently, and it has myriad new and appealing features for the user to explore. One of the most appealing features of the new version is it’s seamless intertwinement with some of the leading streaming services including Facebook, YouTube, Periscope, Livestream, uStream and others using the RTMP Protocol. Another great feature of the Wirecast 8 software is its ability to record up to 8 tracks of audio simultaneously, either into an audio mixer or straight into the Wirecast software. Lastly, Wirecast 8 has been improved with new tools that will help you resize, rotate, and even enhance your scenes. A new Z-Rotation has been added so you can flip video around. If you have camera footage that was originally upside-down, the Z-Rotation option will flip things upright for you so that you don’t have to go through a third party application, and makes things much smoother when broadcasting live.
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